RMC’s Blog

Medical/Clinical Coding for Additional or Secondary Dx

Throughout my career in Health Information Management, one of the particular areas of focus for both auditing and education has been the coding of an additional or secondary diagnosis. Whether inpatient (acute care) or outpatient coding, confusion and even errors...

OIG: Medicaid Fraud Control Units 2020 Report

Medicaid provides coverage and healthcare services with federal and state funding to 72.2 million people in the Unites States. This coverage is for those with limited income and resources i.e., low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and people...

CPT Releases New COVID-19 Vaccine Code

We all are aware of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna and Pfizer and their unique CPT® codes. These medical codes allow for each vaccine and immunization administration to be clinically distinct,...

SDOH . . . Value and Importance Continues to Grow

Over the past year we have seen and read more and more about the reporting of Social Determinants of Health or “SDOH". Clearly there has been a COVID-19 impact to the overall interest in these social economic and psychosocial aspects of an individual. More research...

OIG Reports on Humana MA HCC Dx

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a recent report (4/2021) titled “Medicare Advantage Compliance Audit of Diagnosis Codes that Humana, Inc., (Contract H1036) Submitted to CMS”, which should wave a flag for compliance and Health Information Management...

ICD-11 . . . What Does the NCVHS Full Committee Analysis Tell Us?

Have you noticed that we are reading and hearing more and more about ICD-11? Looking back over the past few years we see that in June 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) published (released) ICD-11 for review and the World Health Assembly formally adopted this...

CPT Coding Injections and Infusions . . . Continues to be Challenging

Current Procedure Terminology or CPT® is the registered trademark of the American Medical Association (AMA). The codes in CPT are 5-characters in length, with over 10,300 Category I, II and III codes, Category I covers the Evaluation and Management visits, Anesthesia,...